Chuck Schumer threatens Trump over SCOTUS nominee - endless filibuster for any nominee?

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday January 04th, 2017

Dems digging the hole deeper.

Democrats don't understand what happened in the 2016 election. They don't know why they lost and they have no concept of how badly they were beaten. I've made this point a hundred times. We see their denial in their post-election defiance, their doubling-down on people like Pelosi, and the bitter name-calling aimed at anyone who didn't support Hillary Clinton. They cling to popular vote totals, buoyed by left-wing superstates New York and California, so they can whistle past their electoral graveyard and their brutal 2018 map. 

At least for the time being, people have had enough of the Democrat party. The longer they refuse to admit the truth, the worse things will get for them.

Guess what.  It looks like things are going to get worse. 

If Chuck Schumer is right, the Dems are about to go full-on obstructionist over one of the 2016 campaign's most central issues - the next Supreme Court Justice.

He made his stance clear last night on the Rachel Maddow show, as NBC News reports:

Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's new top Democrat said Tuesday night "it's hard for me to imagine" Democratic senators supporting a Supreme Court nomination submitted by President-elect Donald Trump.

It's hard to overstate the importance of this.  For many voters, the last election was 100% about not letting Hillary turn the SCOTUS against the constitution.  That was, with absolute certainty, her plan.  She made it very clear. The 2nd Amendment, the religious protections of the 1st Amendment, and the 10th Amendment (among others) were squarely in her crosshairs.

2016 was no less than a battle fought for the future of the United States as a constitutionally limited republic.  The voters saw that, they had no illusions about Mrs. Clinton's plans, and they rejected her.

Chuck Schumer is announcing a battle against not just Trump, but against the will of the voters.  ...And it's all based on a petty bit of calculated retaliation for what Democrats believe is a "stolen seat."  Republicans held their ground against Obama's Supreme Court appointment, and Schumer plans to deliver "the consequences"

"The consequences are going to be down the road," Schumer said. "If they don't appoint somebody good, we're going to oppose them tooth and nail."

Asked by Maddow whether he would seek to simply keep the seat open rather than confirm a nominee outside the mainstream, Schumer replied: "Absolutely."

"We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice," he said.

Suggesting that could be any nominee, he said: "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we [Democrats] could support."

"Somebody good" in Democrat-speak is "a radical, far-left, Democrat." So, Schumer's probably right. Trump isn't going to nominate his dream candidate.

That means Schumer is advocating a massive, four-year, unending filibuster - which is precisely what the voters don't want.  Not only will it eventually fail, it will drag their party further down into the mire and muck of irrelevance.

But, hey.  If that's the path Chuck wants to travel, by all means, he should take it. Eventually, Trump will get his way just as Hillary would have gotten hers.  The only question now is: how much self-inflicted damage are Democrats willing to endure before it happens.

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